Two men from the Arakan town of Taunggok were arrested this morning after staging a protest over high fuel prices, eyewitnesses told DVB.

Ko Sithu and Ko Than Lwin reportedly protested on Taunggok’s market junction for an hour, holding up placards saying ‘Fix the petrol and commodity price hikes’, ‘Fix unemployment’ and ‘People are starving’.

“The protest started at about 6am this morning at the market junction . . . the township police including their chief, Union Solidarity and Development Association members and special police were seen taking photos and footage,” National League for Democracy member Ko Min Aung, who watched the protest, said.

The men then started walking through town and waving posters. They were quickly intercepted by special police led by officer Aung Naing and one soldier and beaten, Ko Min Aung said.

“They stopped the protestors and a soldier started to punch Ko Sithu in the face . . . They made a big scene. We have caught it all on video camera,” Ko Min Aung said.

“The protestors resisted arrest . . . and the soldier responded by saying ‘do whatever you want’ and walked off . . . The two men were later arrested by the township peace and development council members, police and USDA,” he said.

Taunggok police refused to comment on the arrests this afternoon when contacted by DVB.